Alexander Vasquez's Nutrition Program
When it comes to my nutrition, simplicity dominates all other aspects. I look at foods as the numbers they represent rather than tastes I perceive. My diet did not vary much from this template, except for the purpose of carb cycling, for which I made some adjustments.
I aimed for repetition and habit during the 12 weeks. Most people have the right idea on how to go about attaining their goals, but they fall off the wagon or give up. I have to develop a habit of eating an almost identical diet on a daily basis to the point where I don't even have to think about it.
I did allow cheat meals, not cheat days. I was eating too clean to have a pizza, that just left me feeling far too sick. But a burger and fries or steak burrito really hit the spot, and the only physiological effect I noticed afterward was added vascularity.
Protein 27g | Carbs 29g | Fat 3.5g | Calories 260
Protein 27g | Carbs 15g | Fat 4g | Calories 218
Protein 61g | Carbs 10g | Fat 2g | Calories 307
Protein 53g | Carbs 45g | Fat 0g | Calories 398
Meal 5: Pre Workout
Protein 22g | Carbs 26g | Fat 3.5g | Calories 202
Meal 6: Post Workout
Protein 24g | Carbs 30g | Fat 1g | Calories 215
Meal 7: 2 hrs prior to bed, no later than 8pm
Protein 43g | Carbs 3g | Fat 20g | Calories 363
I see supplements as an essential part of any training program. That being said, they are supplements, designed to compliment a proper diet and exercise program. They will not produce results alone but absolutely will enhance the finished product when everything else is right.
Be as disciplined with your supplementation as you are with your diet and training and the results will be undeniable.
I try to get most of my protein from whole foods, but for convenience and speed of digestion. I consume 20 grams prior to weight training, as soon as I walk into the gym. I also consume 30-40 grams of whey protein within 45 minutes after a workout, including cardio.
I tried to get away with as little N.O. as I could, so it would not adversely interact with my fat burners. As I lost more weight, I found I got the same results with fewer scoops. It really allowed me to zero in on my energy reserves after work and get through my training sessions with the desired intensity.
I usually took this with breakfast or with my post-workout meal. This is an important supplement to cover your bases and give the body what it needs for all biological processes, including muscle building and fat burning.
I consumed glutamine like it was candy in order to stay on schedule with recovery as well as to protect precious, hard-earned muscle. I consumed five grams every other meal and 10 grams post-workout. It may have been overkill, but I did not want to take any chances that I may be too sore or tired to train. Muscle preservation during cutting phases is always a concern, and glutamine has always come through for me.
I took OxyElite Pro for 8 weeks and Animal Cuts for 3 weeks. I simply followed the directions on the label. OxyElite Pro was outstanding for appetite suppression and gave me a reprieve from the effects of low-carb days.
Thermogenically, Animal Cuts was better as my body temperature soared, and I lost a good bit of water weight. Both products were effective, just in different ways.
Toward the final weeks of my diet, I felt my strength levels plummeting and my muscle density was hurting as a result. I looked at my diet and saw how low my fat intake was, as well as how my body felt. I suspected my testosterone production may have needed support. I decided to try this supplement and was pleased with the results.
My strength increased a little but my intensity came back and so did the muscle. I could not feel a difference, but saw it plain as day in my progress pictures.